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CESAR FRANCK  

(1822 - 1890)

Born in Liège in 1822, César Franck was originally intended by his father for a career as a virtuoso pianist. In Paris his nationality excluded him at first from the Conservatoire, where he eventually failed to achieve the necessary distinction as a performer, turning his attention rather to composition. In 1846 he left home and went to earn his living in Paris as a teacher and organist, winning particular fame in the second capacity at the newly built church of Ste Clotilde, with its Cavaillé-Coll organ. He drew to himself a loyal and devoted circle of pupils and in 1871 won some official recognition as the nominated successor of Benoist as organ professor at the Conservatoire. A man of gentle character, known to his pupils as ‘Pater seraphicus’, he exercised considerable influence through his classes and performances although he remained, as a composer, something of an outsider in a Paris interested largely in opera.

Orchestral Music

Franck’s best-known orchestral works are the Symphonic Variations for solo piano and orchestra and the Symphony in D minor, completed in 1888 and first performed at a Conservatoire concert the following year. A brief series of symphonic poems includes the early Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne (‘What is heard on the mountain’), based on Victor Hugo’s Le Chasseur maudit (‘The Accursed Huntsman’); Les Djinns, again after Hugo; and Psyché, a symphonic poem with chorus.

Sacred Music

Franck wrote a number of large-scale choral works on biblical subjects, as well as smaller-scale works for occasional or liturgical use. This last category includes the well-known Panis angelicus of 1872, originally for tenor, organ, harp, cello and double bass. Panis angelicus was later interpolated into the three-voice Mass of 1861.

Chamber Music

Franck wrote one violin sonata, which, like his symphony, is united by a cyclic use of thematic material that connects the movements. There is also a fine piano quintet, completed in 1879, and a final string quartet, written in 1890.

Organ Music

As a very distinguished organist, Franck wrote remarkably little for the instrument on which his improvisations had won him fame and pupils. Organ compositions published include Trois Chorals of 1890 and Trois Pièces, written a dozen years earlier. The six organ pieces published in 1868 are entitled Fantaisie; Grande Pièce Symphonique; Prélude, fugue et variation; Pastorale; Prière; and Final.

Piano Music

Franck’s earlier piano music was designed for his own virtuoso performance. Two later works remain in general repertoire: the Prélude, choral et fugue of 1884 and the Prélude, aria et final, completed in 1887.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058
Art and Music: Masters of the Modern Age Vol 1 Naxos 8.503269
Idil Biret LP Originals Edition Naxos 8.501402

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
ANGLAR (Angels) Naxos
8.503096
Choral - Sacred
Art and Music: Van Gogh - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558068
Chamber Music
AVE MARIA - SACRED ARIAS AND CHORUSES Naxos
8.570064
Choral - Sacred
AVE MARIA (SACRED ARIAS AND CHORUSES) Naxos
8.553751
Choral - Sacred
BAVARIAN RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 60TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET BR-Klassik
900708
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN / BRAHMS / FRANCK: Violin Sonatas (Heifetz) (1937-1951) Naxos Historical
8.110990
Chamber Music
BEETHOVEN / FRANCK / LEKEU: Violin Sonatas (Menuhin) (1936-1940) Naxos Historical
8.110989
Chamber Music
BOYADJIEVA, Lilia: Around the Fugue Artek
AR-0033-2
Instrumental
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.557246-47
Choral - Sacred
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Vocal
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 4 Oehms Classics
OC843
Instrumental
BRITANNIC ORGAN (THE), Vol. 7 Oehms Classics
OC846
Instrumental
Carmen Fantasy and Other Violin Favourites (Qian Zhou) Marco Polo
8.225926
Chamber Music
CARUSO, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 9 (1914-1916) Naxos Historical
8.110750
Vocal
Cello Recital: Klinger, Sebastian - DEBUSSY, C. / DUTILLEUX, H. / FRANCK, C. (A French Recital) Oehms Classics
OC856
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Nyffenegger, Esther - BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J. / SCHUBERT, F. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUMANN, R. (Cello Jewels) Divox
CDX-55257-2
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - FRANCK, C. / DEBUSSY, C. / FAURE, G. / OFFENBACH, J. (The French Album) (Krijgh, Isanbaeva) Capriccio
C5131
Chamber Music
CHOPIN / GRIEG: Cello Sonatas / FRANCK: Violin Sonata (arr. for cello) Divox
CDX-25204-2
Chamber Music
Choral Music - BAINTON, E. / THOMPSON, R. / MOZART, W.A. / CASALS, P. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / PARRY, H. / DURUFLE, M. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3300
Choral - Sacred
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
CHRISTMAS and HANUKAH: I'll Be Home for the Holidays Naxos
8.554714
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS SONGS (Jouluyo, Juhlayo) Ondine
ODE814-2
Vocal
CHRISTMAS WITH JOSE CARRERAS (1990) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101407
Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Ensembles (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3073994
Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Piano - Great Pianists of the 20th Century (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3073984
Classical Concert
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Strings - Great Violinists and Cellists of the 20th Century (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3073974
Classical Concert
CLASSIC MOODS - Gregorian Chants Capriccio
C18421
Instrumental
Concert - DVORAK, A. / SHCHEDRIN, R. / FRANCK, C. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (Argerich, Maisky, N. Jarvi) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10224
Classical Concert
Concert - DVORAK, A. / SHCHEDRIN, R. / FRANCK, C. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (Argerich, Maisky, N. Jarvi) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20224
Classical Concert
CORTOT, A.: Piano Arrangements (Yue He) Grand Piano
GP641
Instrumental
CORTOT, Alfred: Recordings (1929-1937) Naxos Historical
8.111381
Instrumental
DAUDET, A.: Maultier des Papstes (Das) / Das Elixier des ehrwurdigen Paters Gaucher / Die drei stillen Messen Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10552
Instrumental
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 3 Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90003
Instrumental
DUPRE / FRANK / KARG-ELERT / PEETERS: Works for Organ and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-551
Instrumental
FRANCK / DUPRE: Organ Music Cedille
CDR90000-015
Instrumental
FRANCK / GRIEG: Violin Sonatas Naxos
8.550417
Chamber Music
FRANCK / RAVEL / RESPIGHI : Piano Concertos Naxos
8.554679
Orchestral
FRANCK, C.: Early Piano Music - Ballade / 4 Mélodies de F. Schubert / Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonais / Souvenir d'Aix-la-Chapelle (Severus) Naxos
8.572901
Instrumental
FRANCK, C.: Organ Music (Great Organ Works of Cesar Franck) (Crozier) Delos
DE3272
Instrumental
FRANCK, C.: Organ Music (Guillou) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90135
Instrumental
FRANCK, C.: Piano, Chamber, Orchestral, Vocal and Organ Works (Historical Recordings, 1923-1942) Timpani
4D4217
Chamber Music, Vocal, Orchestral, Instrumental, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Orchestral, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music
FRANCK, C.: String Quartet in D Major / Piano Quintet in F Minor (Ortiz, Fine Arts Quartet) Naxos
8.572009
Chamber Music
FRANCK, C.: Symphony, M. 48 / Psyche (Sofia Symphony, Kazandjiev) Capriccio
C10555
Orchestral
FRANCK: Complete Organ Music BIS
BIS-CD-214-15
Instrumental
FRANCK: Great Organ Works, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554697
Instrumental
FRANCK: Great Organ Works, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554698
Instrumental
FRANCK: Orchestal Music, Vol. 1 - Symphony in D Minor / Le chasseur maudit / Les Eolides Naxos
8.553631
Orchestral
FRANCK: Piano Quintet / CHAUSSON: String Quartet Naxos
8.553645
Chamber Music
FRANCK: Piano Quintet / FAURE: String Quartet Divox
CDX-29001
Chamber Music
FRANCK: Piano Transcriptions / Violin Sonata / Pastorale Marco Polo
8.225044
Instrumental
FRANCK: Prelude, Aria et Final / Prelude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18 / Violin Sonata in A Major BIS
BIS-CD-1056
Instrumental
FRANCK: Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto No. 2 Naxos
8.553472
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
FRANCK: Symphony D Minor / SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 Naxos
8.571058
Orchestral
FRANCK: Symphony in D Minor / Prelude, Choral et Fugue Naxos
8.550155
Orchestral
FRANCK: Symphony in D Minor / SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 Amadis
7141
Orchestral
FRANCK: Variations symphoniques / Les Djinns BIS
BIS-CD-137
Instrumental, Orchestral
French Music for Piano and Orchestra Naxos
8.550754
Orchestral
GIGLI, Beniamino: Gigli Edition, Vol. 9: Berlin, Milan and London Recordings (1936-1938) Naxos Historical
8.110270
Vocal
GRAHAM, Susan: Live at the Verbier Festival (2009) (NTSC) Ideale Audience
3079128
Classical Concert
GREAT CHAMBER MUSIC (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501064
Chamber Music
GREAT ROMANTIC SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501057
Orchestral
GREAT SACRED MASTERPIECES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501062
Choral - Sacred
Guitar Duo Recital: Duo Fandango - FRANCK, C. / PETIT, P. / POULENC, F. / IBERT, J. (Images) Carpe Diem
CD-16271
Instrumental
HALLELUJAH! SACRED ARIAS AND CHORUSES Naxos
8.571095
Choral - Sacred
HEAR MY PRAYER - Hymns and Anthems Naxos
8.557493
Choral - Sacred
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN - Vol. 4. The Modern Age (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102153
Classical Documentary
HISTORY OF THE ORGAN (4 DVD set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107508
Classical Documentary
JOULURAUHA - Christmas at Turku Cathedral Ondine
ODE904-2
Choral - Sacred
LEONARD BERNSTEIN ANNIVERSARY BOX (NTSC) EuroArts
2057068
Classical Concert
MACABRE MASTERPIECES Naxos
8.557930-31
Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Piano Quartet / FRANCK, C.: Piano Quintet (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 5) Idil Biret Archive
8.571278
Chamber Music
MAUPASSANT, G. de: Schmuck (Der) / Fraulein Perle Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10582
Instrumental
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - FRANCE: A Musical Tour of Brittany and Normandy (NTSC) Naxos
2.110300
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - PARIS: A Musical Tour of Paris, Chantilly, Versailles and Chartres (NTSC) Naxos
2.110506
Classical Concert
MUSIK TILL TROST Naxos
8.557191
Vocal
Orchestral Music (French) - MEHUL, E.-N. / BERLIOZ, H. / LALO, E. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / CHARPENTIER, G. / ROUSSEL, A. / DUPONT, G.E.X. (Wolff) Timpani
4C4024
Orchestral
Organ Music - PRAETORIUS, H. / HOFHAIMER, P. / HASSLER, H.L. / GABRIELI, A. / BULL, J. / SCHEIDT, S. / KOTTER, H. / SCHEIDEMANN, H. / BUXTEHUDE, D. Capriccio
C49444
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Diaz, James - COOKE, J. / REINCKEN, J. / BACH, J.S. / DUPRE, M. / LANGLAIS, J. / VIERNE, L. / FRANCK, C. (Organ Classics) Delos
DE3325
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Farris, Michael - WIDOR, C.-M. / FRANCK, C. / ALAIN, J. / VIERNE, L. / DURUFLE, M. / DUPRE, M. (French Fireworks - The Symphonic Organ) Delos
DE3049
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Higgs, David - BACH, J.S. / FRANCK, C. / SCHUMANN, R. / MOZART, W.A. / CONTE, D. / LISZT, F. / DAQUIN, L. (Inaugural Recital) Delos
DE3148
Instrumental
Organ Recital: REGER, M. / FRANCK, C. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / RITTER, A.G. / LISZT, F. (Romantic Music for Organ) (Dalitz) Capriccio
C10148
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Soria, Samuel - DUBOIS, T. / LAMARTER, E. / DURUFLE, M. / DRAYTON, P. / REUCHSEL, E. / MESSIAEN, O. (Organ Voices) Delos
DE3343
Instrumental
Organ Recital: Timothy Olsen Naxos
8.557218
Instrumental
Organ Showpieces from St. Paul's Cathedral Naxos
8.550955
Instrumental
ORGANS ACROSS THE BALTIC BIS
BIS-CD-193
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Ashley Wass Naxos
8.554484
Instrumental
PROKOFIEV / FRANCK: Cello Sonatas / FAURE: Piano Trio BIS
BIS-CD-35
Chamber Music
RAVEL, M. / STRAUSS, R. / FRANCK, C.: Violin Sonatas (Spivakov, Bezrodnyi) Capriccio
C10895
Chamber Music
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Festival / FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D Minor (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Kondraschin) BR-Klassik
900704
Orchestral
RITZEN, P.: Piano Quintet / FRANCK, C.: Piano Quintet (Ritzen, Moscow Chamber Academy) Naxos
9.70142
Chamber Music
Sacred Music - TALLIS, T. / ALLEGRI, G. / PERGOLESI, G.B. / MOZART, W.A. (Favourite Sacred Masterpieces) (Summerly, Halasz, Wildner, Kovacs) Naxos
8.578210
Choral - Sacred
SAINT-SAENS / RAVEL: Piano Concertos (Cortot) (1931, 1939) Naxos Historical
8.110613
Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D Minor (Gunzenhauser, Benzi) Naxos
8.572943
Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D Minor (Ormandy) (1953, 1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80322
Orchestral
SCARY MASTERPIECES - Music by Grieg, Liszt, Dvorak, Franck, Ducas, Saint-Saens Naxos
8.570362
Orchestral
SCHUMANN, R / GRIEG: Piano Concertos / FRANCK: Symphonic Variations (Gieseking) (1932-42) (Concerto Recordings, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111110
Orchestral
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 6 (Segovia, Vol. 8) Naxos Historical
8.111314
Instrumental
TIECK, L.: Blonde Eckbert (Der) / Die Elfen / Der Runenberg Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB20192
Instrumental
TONER TILL TROST (Music for Comfort) Naxos
8.503158
Choral - Sacred
UNITED STATES ARMY NAVY BAND: 75th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1 (1925-2000) Altissimo
75442261122
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Mystic Chords of Memory Altissimo
75442270162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin Recital: Iivonen, Petteri - BACH, J.S. / FRANCK, C. / LEFKOWITZ, F. / BRAHMS, J. (Art of the Sonata) Yarlung Records
YAR76721
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Sirkia, Raimo - SIBELIUS, J. / ADOLPHE, A. / MADETOJA, L. / FRANCK, C. / BERLIN, I. (Valkea joulu) Ondine
ODE885-2
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Souzay, Gerard - FAURE, G. / POULENC, F. / RAVEL, M. / LEGUERNEY, J. / HAHN, R. / DUPARC, H. / GOUNOD, C.-F. (Melodies Francaises) Newton Classics
NC8802007
Vocal
Voices of Angels Naxos
8.503071
Choral - Sacred
WAGNER, R.: Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Die) (excerpts) / FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D Minor (Munch) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5015
Classical Concert




 
 
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